Tuan Andrew Nguyen
with Christopher Myers
UNO-St. Claude Art GalleryThe Propeller Group and Christopher Myers, based between New York City, Los Angeles and Saigon, have encapsulated the elusive butterfly effect — the theory of “nonlocality” whereby two distinct phenomena affect one another across a vast expanse of space and time. The film, The Living Need Light, And The Dead Need Music, a phrase taken from a Vietnamese proverb, documents the funeral tradition of Saigon from the vantage of New Orleans: two cities, two cultures, mirroring each other from worlds apart. A cast of spiritual mediums, professional criers, and musicians guides mourners through a euphoric public ritual; their costumes and instruments are arranged here in a “shrine”. “One of the gifts of the Global South,” the artists say, is “this ability to be many things, many places at once.” Such a feat may seem absurd — but that’s part of the magic and the Einsteinian science: here, distance collapses to reveal “otherness” as no more than an optical illusion.
This exhibition will be on view from October 25, 2014 – January 25 2015. Gallery hours are extended for the period. The gallery will be open Wednesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4p.m. The gallery will be closed on November 27, 2014, November 28, 2014, December 24, 2014, December 25, 2014, December 31, 2014 and January 1, 2015.
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